Instructor: Sue Aygarn-Kowalski
If you dream about shiny brass hardware or can’t find exactly the right hinge for your project, this workshop is for you. Students begin by learning standard hinge types and terminology followed by class exercises in cutting and silver-soldering brass. Students lay out and fabricate three common hinges: Butt (the most common, used in doors, lids and furniture), Flush/Case (similar to Butt although more elaborate), and “Continuous” (piano). In the final exercise, students customize a template and design unique brass hinges specific to their work and applications. Discussion of variations on the common hinges fabricated in class such as half-mortis, non-mortise, strap, off-set, latch and lift off hinges and demonstrations of layout design, hinge-range movement calculations, sawing (with a jeweler’s saw), filing, silver soldering and surface finishing are included.
No prerequisites. There is a $60 material fee for this class that is to be paid directly to the instructor.
Sue Aygarn Kowalski hand-fabricates functional tools out of exotic woods, brass, silver, steel, copper and delrin. Hammers, mallets, cutting, culinary, measuring, leveling and other types of tools are raised, soldered, cold-connected, lathe- formed, inlaid and hand-finished. Kowalski notes “My work is an argument for aesthetic experience over speed and efficiency, for skill over blind use, and for an absolute love of process. These tools advocate for a hands-on, direct, and tactile way of living in an increasingly digital and virtual culture.” Kowalski studied at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. She works from her studio in New Bedford and has a blacksmith forge in Carver, Massachusetts. Kowalski’s work is in the collection of the MFA, Boston, the Museum of Art and Design, the Kamm Teapot Foundation and the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. In 2014, she received the Saul Bell Award in Holloware. She has taught at U-Mass Dartmouth, the Fuller Craft Museum, and at various art centers. She is represented by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA.